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As of late last week, there have been 2,335 laboratory confirmed influenza cases in North Dakota.  Typically, February is the month when flu season reaches its peak.  But, what are some of the germiest places you encounter every day?

Germs, germs, and more germs. From October to April, flu season is in full force.

"It usually trails off toward the spring, but sometimes, we've seen a late flu season even as late as April. So, it can vary anytime during the six months," says Sarah Baker, St. Alexius Nurse Practitioner.

For Minot State Junior Dani Weisz, she believes washing her hands is enough to keep her healthy.

"Working here at the post office, we do get a lot of human interaction, so washing hands and hand sanitizing are keys for me," says Weisz.

By coughing, sneezing, wiping your nose and not washing your hands, you can actually spread a virus to someone else, if you're not careful.

"We talk about the t-zone, which is this area and the virus can enter your body through your mouth if you don't wash your hands before you eat.," says Baker. "It can enter through your nose if you breath it in when someone coughs on you or even through your eyes if you rube your eyes and you have the virus.  So, you want to keep your hands away from your face."

Germs are everywhere.  But, what do people think the germiest places are?

"A door handle.  I don't like touching door handles, especially coming out of the bathroom," says Weisz.

"Probably on door handles and door knobs going into buildings because everyone has to use them," says Karson O'Keefe, Minot State sophomore.

And, the list goes on and on.  But, according to a recent Men's Health article, the three germiest places are: The office, public restrooms and the bank.

Weisz was not surprised.

While the people we spoke to didn't know the germiest public places, there is one thing for sure, they'll be washing their hands more.

"Yeah, I probably will," says Weisz.  "At work I usually use hand sanitizer, but probably will put some more in my purse for sure."

For others it can be hard to change their habits.

"I'll probably just not wash my hands more. I'll probably get a cold, but it's my fault," says O'Keefe.

The North Dakota Health Department reports the two age groups affected the most by influenza this season are people less than 10-years-old and people from 30-39.

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